This is from the "figures don't lie" department – in this case, the department is the Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and the figures are the annual hunting, fishing and trapping license sales since 2002. Simply put, those figures have been declining, and the question begging to be asked is why, and what can be done? It would be easy to lay the blame on the fact that fewer New Yorkers are hunting, especially younger residents. But how would one account for the fact that fishing license sales have also been steadily declining?